Imagine a grey stone castle, in the middle of a large, spectacular square, on the edge of the almond shape that makes the village of Montevarchi in the Arezzo area, at the door of Chianti, unique. Hundreds of sculptures populate the castle, creatures born between the nineteenth and twentieth century made in bronze, wood, plaster, terracotta, ceramic and marble, placed on red brick shelves on a light blue background, to suggest a very modern setting that blends perfectly with the stones of the ancient structures. Or set up in the statue room on the ground floor, to be seen and admired from beyond the wide glass windows that open the Cassero towards the large square. At the moment the permanent collection on exhibition, entirely restored, consists of over half a thousand works including bronzes, marbles, plaster casts, works in terracotta and drawings by Tuscan and Italian artists. The exhibits have come to Montevarchi thanks to donations from private individuals. In dedicated rooms, visitors can admire the most important creations of artists such as Michelangelo Monti, Timo Bortolotti, Arturo Stagliano, Alberto Giacomasso, Mentore Maltoni, Valmore Gemignani, Odo Franceschi, Mario Bini, Francesco Falcone, Quinto Ghermandi, Diana Baylon, Florence Poggi and Donatella (Dodi) Bortolotti. Today all the assets belong to this institution. With them, sculptures, already property of the city by artists from Montevarchi Pietro Guerri, Elio Galassi and Ernesto Galeffi. There is a wide variety of educational activities on offer for both schools – from nursery to secondary school – and for children and their families – creative workshops, games, theatrical performances, but also camps at Easter, in September and Christmas time. In order to make the Museum increasingly “accessible”, Il Cassero has developed a tactile path for sighted, blind and partially sighted people. It also provides “art therapy” meetings for people with Alzheimer’s and their caregivers in the project “Bartolea Caffè” organised by the Council of Montevarchi. It also offers initiatives dedicated to “New Citizens” with the conviction that culture is an essential element in the construction of individual and collective identity.
Winter (1 September – 31 May):
From Thursday to Sunday: 10 am-1pm and 3pm – 6pm
Summer (1 June – 31 August):
From Thursday to Sunday: 10 am-1pm and 4pm-7pm
Full ticket: € 4.00
Admission free: over 65, under 6, disabled and holders of Edumusei Card.
Reduced price: € 2.00 (under 18, COOP, CTS, ISIC, ITIC, Touring Club, Mondadori Card holders, Selecard, ICOM card)
info Ticket office, tel. + 39 055. 9108272